On Wednesday, September 21, 2023, the Supreme Court of Illinois imposed reciprocal discipline on attorney Thayer Lance Weaver, Jr., placing him on probation for three years. This decision comes after Weaver was found guilty of misconduct in a case before the Supreme Court of Missouri.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Thayer Lance Weaver,” with case no. 2023PR00028.

A petition was filed on May 23, 2023, by Jerome Larkin, the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in Illinois, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 763. The petition stated that on March 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of Missouri had entered an order suspending Respondent Weaver for three years, with the suspension stayed by a three-year period of probation. The Court had also ordered Weaver to pay $1,500 in investigative expenses to the Clerk of the Court and assessed costs against him.

The petition alleged that Weaver had mishandled his client’s trust account over a period of more than two years, commingling client funds with earned fees, depositing funds unrelated to client matters into his client trust account, paying personal or firm expenses from the trust account, and making bulk withdrawals from his trust account without documenting that the funds had been earned or to which client matter the funds related.

The petition also charged Weaver with failing to keep a client informed about the status of a matter. The audit of Weaver’s client trust account revealed systemic issues with his accounting practices, including failing to regularly reconcile his trust account and maintaining accurate individual client ledgers or a receipt and disbursement journal or records of electronic transfers from his client trust account.

The petition further alleged that Weaver had received and misappropriated funds that were not earned fees, disbursed life insurance proceeds to his client’s husband at the client’s request incrementally over the course of five months, and transferred funds in bulk out of his trust account without reconciling individual ledgers or producing a specific accounting of fees for client matters. Weaver also allegedly failed to timely pay a client her portion of a settlement check’s proceeds due to his failure to reconcile his client’s trust account, failed to pay third-party lienholders in two client matters for over a year despite making a record of payment in his client ledger, and failed to maintain complete records reflecting the source of deposited funds and the withdrawal or disbursement of funds.

In four of the client matters Weaver had not recorded certain $1,000 withdrawals from his client trust account, which had eventually resulted in a negative balance with respect to those clients. Weaver had also deposited into his client trust account a total of $50,000 in funds from his personal account in an attempt to resolve and make restitution for any client funds that he may have previously misappropriated.

In its September 21 order, the Supreme Court of Illinois granted the petition to impose reciprocal discipline.

The Disposition states:

“Respondent Thayer Lance Weaver, Jr., who has been disciplined in the State of Missouri, is suspended from the practice of law in the State of Illinois for three (3) years, with the suspension stayed in its entirety by a three (3) year period of probation nunc pro tunc to March 7, 2023, subject to the conditions imposed upon respondent by the Supreme Court of Missouri, and until he successfully completes the conditions imposed upon respondent in Missouri and his probation in Missouri is terminated.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Weaver is a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney in Saint Louis, Missouri. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 1998. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.